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KU Aerospace Short Courses in San Diego


Willem Anemaat

Willem A. J. Anemaat is president and co-founder of Design, Analysis and Research Corporation (DARcorporation), an aeronautical engineering and prototype development company. DARcorporation specializes in airplane design and engineering consulting services, wind and water tunnel testing and design and testing of wind energy devices. Anemaat is the software architect for the Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA) software, an airplane preliminary design and analysis tool. He has been actively involved with more than 400 airplane design projects and has run many subsonic wind tunnel tests for clients. Anemaat has more than 30 publications in the field of airplane design and analysis. He is the recipient of the SAE 2010 Forest R. McFarland Award, an AIAA Associate Fellow and an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Aircraft. Anemaat is Vice-Chair of the AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee. Anemaat holds an M.S.A.E. degree from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The University of Kansas.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Airplane Flight Dynamics

Amy Billinger

Amy Billinger is a co-founder of Anneal Initiative, Inc. Prior to starting Anneal Initiative, she was the Lead Analyst for Cyber Operations at the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center (KIFC). She drove the cyber intelligence processes that merged critical infrastructure vulnerability information with classified threat intelligence, allowing KIFC analysts to provide early warning and produce risk assessments beneficial to both the intelligence community and a range of industries. Amy also serves in the Kansas Air National Guard where she works as an Operations Intelligence Specialist.

Her military background has included providing intelligence support for deployed forces and serving as the analytic lead for a team of roughly three dozen Army and Air National Guard analysts producing cyber, terrorism, and biological threat intelligence. Prior to working at the KIFC, Amy was a Russian language analyst for the Department of Defense. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Military Studies from Washburn University.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Aerospace Design, Engineering and Operations

Franklin L. Cummins

Franklin Cummins has more than 30 years of experience in avionics and electrical design, and certification. He is experienced in in-service aircraft modification, special missions modifications and initial TC development. As a Lead DAS Administrator for a modification center, he developed and taught classes in 14 CFR part 21 FAA Order 8110.4 for engineering, management and quality personnel. He also maintains the following ratings: FAA Private Pilot (1987), Instrumentation (1990), Commercial/Multi (1998), FAA DER, Systems & Equipment - Electrical (1998) and Systems Safety, EME, EWIS.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Introduction Fuel Tank Safety and Ignition Prevention: Design, Certification and Compliance

George Cusimano

George Cusimano is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vector LLC aviation consulting services. He is a flight test engineer and educator with more than 40 years of experience in research, development, and test of important leading edge technologies. He has flight-tested complex systems, such as the F-117, B-2, X-33 (single stage to orbit prototype), DarkStar UAV and X-35 (Joint Strike Fighter prototype). In addition to multiple postings as a flight test engineer, George was: the Director of Test and Evaluation for the F-117 System Program Office; the Chief of Flight Test Engineering for the B-2 Combined Test Force; the Deputy Director of the Joint STARS Combined Test Force; and the Director of Flight Test at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. George has also taught at the National Test Pilot School and has served as a Technical Advisor to the United States Air Force. He retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel after 24 years of service. George holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and a Fellow of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Flight Testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Unique Challenges

Travis L. Dahna

Travis Dahna is the Principal member and Electrical Systems and Equipment DER for TD Aerospace, LLC, a professional aerospace engineering design and certification company based in Kansas. He started his career over 25 years ago as an avionics technician and troubleshooter in the United States Navy, where he served with distinction and was honorably discharged. As a Gulf War Veteran, Mr. Dahna joined the civilian aviation sector where he has worked on, designed, and certified a wide variety of new products and articles for the last 20 years. He has held positions as a senior electrical engineer for a large aircraft manufacturer and served as the Certification Coordinator for all the factory owned service/modification centers in the United States, providing all interface with the geographic FAA Aircraft Certification Offices for all standard certification STC projects. Following his time at the aircraft manufacturer, he assisted in the development of an STC ODA for a consulting company and held the position as the Principal Certification Engineer, while also training as an alternate ODA administrator.

He has been actively involved in several hundred certification projects, ranging from TC, STC, PMA, and Major Alterations. In addition to duties as a consultant DER (14 CFR Part 23 and 25), including major alterations, he holds positions as a unit member on several TC and STC Organization Designation Authorizations (ODA). Mr. Dahna's combination of practical experience, analytical knowledge, and in-depth certification experience brings a unique and viable approach to aircraft certification in an uncomplicated yet thorough manner.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: FAA Type Certification Process

Saeed Farokhi

Saeed Farokhi is a Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas, School of Aerospace Engineering. His main areas of research included propulsion systems, flow control, air data sensors, renewable energy (wind turbines) and computational fluid dynamics. At KU, he led five patent developments (US Patent Number: 5,598,990, US patent Number: 9,541,429, US patent Number: 10,018,648, US patent Number: 10,520,523 and US patent Number: 10,585,109 B2) on Smart Supersonic Vortex Generators (1997) and on Devices for Fluid Data Sensing (2017-2020). He has directed more than $8M in R&D funding from the U.S. government and industry, including NASA, DoD, NSF, DoT, DARPA, GE, and Raytheon, among others.

His professional experience includes four years as Design and Development Engineer and Project Leader in the Gas Turbine Division of Brown, Boveri, and Co. in Baden,Switzerland.

Dr. Farokhi is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (UK), Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a member of SAE, ASEE, APS, Phi Beta Delta, and the American Academy of Mechanics.

Dr. Farokhi is the author of the Aircraft Propulsion, 2nd Ed., and co-author of Introduction to Transonic Aerodynamics, with Roelof Vos. His new book Future Propulsion Systems and Energy Sources in Sustainable Aviation (Wiley Publishing) is now available.

He received B.S. degree in Aero-Astro from the U of Illinois at U-C, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT (Gas Turbine Lab).

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Future Propulsion Systems and Energy Sources in Sustainable Aviation

Thomas W. Hermann

Thomas M. Hermann has a strong background in aeroelastic analysis of aerospace structures and has performed structural dynamic, aeroelastic, and dynamic loads analysis of aircraft ranging from single engine general aviation aircraft to twin turboprop, carrier based, AEW aircraft to twin turbofan transports and business jets. In the course of these projects, he has also conducted ground vibration and flight flutter testing. He completed his master's thesis in transonic aeroelasticity at the University of Kansas under Dr. C. Edward Lan.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Principles of Aeroelasticity

Jeremy Jackson

Jeremy Jackson is the founder of Anneal Initiative, Inc. an intelligence analysis and strategic planning business. Previously, Jeremy was the Director of the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center (KIFC). Jeremy stood up and led the KIFC's unique integration of cyber and biological threat experts from industry, government, and academia into classified intelligence analysis starting with the Center's inception. Prior to directing the KIFC, Jeremy designed and developed homeland security capabilities for Kansas, including the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center.

Jeremy also serves in the Kansas Air National Guard at the 184th Intelligence Wing Headquarters. As an Intelligence Officer in the Guard, he performed strategic analysis and planning regarding intelligence and cyber capabilities for the Kansas Adjutant General and Kansas Joint Forces Headquarters. His military intelligence experience also includes development of cyber threat and vulnerability assessment, as well as supervising analysts providing intelligence support to deployed forces. He previously served in the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

Jeremy has nearly 10 years private sector engineering and project management experience, focusing primarily on electronic building systems and industrial controls for the power industry. Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies from American Military University.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Aerospace Design, Engineering and Operations

Jeff Knickerbocker

Jeff Knickerbocker is a consulting DER with 30+ years of experience as a systems/software engineer. He has led technical teams in designing, developing and verifying real-time embedded software and AEH devices. In addition to industry affiliations, he also provides consulting and training services to the FAA and other non-U.S. regulatory agencies. In 2002, he and his wife started Sunrise Certification & Consulting. Knickerbocker has a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in software engineering.

2022 Aerospace Short Course Software Safety, Certification and DO-178C

Steven L. Morris

Steven L. Morris is a Principal and Manager of Colorado Operations for Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI), Colorado Springs, Colorado. Morris served as an officer and engineer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 24 years. His experience includes teaching, research and consulting in the areas of airplane design, stability and control, aerodynamics, flight simulation, aircraft icing and accident reconstruction. He is a co-author of Introduction to Aircraft Flight Mechanics: Performance, Static Stability, Dynamic Stability, and Classical Feedback Control. Morris is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and is a member and past Chair of the SAE Aircraft Icing Technology Committee. He received a B.S. in engineering sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.

2022 Aerospace Short Course:  Aircraft Icing: Meteorology, Protective Systems, Instrumentation and Certification

Wayne R. Sand

Wayne R. Sand is an aviation weather consultant with expertise in aircraft icing tests, analysis of icing accidents and development of icing instrumentation. He also has extensive expertise in convective weather, winter weather and mountain weather. As former deputy director of the Research Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he developed aviation weather technology for the FAA. Previously, Sand was a member of the atmospheric science department at the University of Wyoming. He also conducted research on thunderstorms and convective icing while at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Sand is co-holder of a patent on a technique for the remote detection of aircraft icing conditions. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and physical science from Montana State University, an M.S. in meteorology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Wyoming.

2022 Aerospace Short Course:  Aircraft Icing: Meteorology, Protective Systems, Instrumentation and Certification

C. Bruce Stephens

C. Bruce Stephens is an HIRF/Lightning/EWIS ODA UM/AR at the Boeing Company and a consultant DER at his company, Stephens Aviation, with a wealth of experience in High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) and Lightning protection of Aircraft. Stephens retired from Hawker Beechcraft after 28 years of service. He has HIRF/Lightning experience on both Part 23 and Part 25 including composite aircraft. Stephens is working with the Boeing Team to develop EWIS requirements and means of compliance on several aircraft projects. Stephens is a Six-Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt consultant, developing implementation and training materials, and teaches at a number of universities, including Webster University and Southwestern College. He has an executive M.B.A. and M.S. in Management from Friends University and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Wichita State University.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Electromagnetic Effects Aircraft Level Testing and FAA Requirements

Mark Swaney

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Aircraft Avionics Test and Evaluation Fundamentals

Thomas N. Taylor

Thomas (Tom) Taylor is an FAA Consultant DER, ODA E-UM/Advisor and Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company, with 30 years of commercial and military aircraft electrical design and certification experience. Tom was the technical focal and DER/AR during the development of the 787-8 and was responsible for the certification of the 787-9, which was the first commercial airplane fully certified to the EWIS regulations. Most recently, he has been extensively involved in the analysis, testing and re-certification of the 737MAX. Tom also provides engineering consultation, training, and aircraft certification services through his company, Taylor Aerospace Consultants. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) Safety Assessment - 25.1709

Pierre Trudel

Pierre Trudel is a System Safety Engineer and ODA Unit Member currently working for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). He brings 29 years of system safety, systems engineering, and reliability experience in several segments of our aerospace industry. He has worked system safety, reliability, and systems engineering on airplanes, rotorcrafts, and space vehicles. He has experience with commercial and military system safety, Development Assurance practices. He developed companywide processes to facilitate product development and compliance to commercial airworthiness standards and military requirements. He has worked system safety for both equipment suppliers and as an integrator for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Pierre has worked system safety using several industry accepted processes including SAE ARP4761, SAE ARP4754, and MIL-STD-882 to satisfy safety requirements for Part 23 (small aircrafts), Part, 25 (Transport Category Aircraft) and MIL-HDBK-516 (Airworthiness Certification Criteria). His certification experience as an FAA representative spans the spectrum of TC, ATC, and STC projects on commercial projects such as the Hawker 4000, Hawker 800XP, Premier 1, Cessna CJ4, Citation Latitude, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, KC-46A (767 Tanker), and several other aircraft models and types. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Science in Space Sciences with minors in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: System Safety Assessment for Commercial Aircraft Certification

Case van Dam

C.P. "Case" van Dam is the Warren and Leta Giedt Endowed Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California at Davis and heads the California Wind Energy Collaborative-a partnership between the University of California and the California Energy Commission. Before joining UC Davis in 1985, he was a National Research Council (NRC) post-doctoral researcher at the NASA Langley Research Center, and a research engineer at Vigyan Research Associates in Hampton, Virginia. Van Dam's current research includes wind energy engineering, aerodynamic drag prediction and reduction, high-lift aerodynamics, and active control of aerodynamic loads. He has extensive experience in computational aerodynamics, wind-tunnel experimentation and flight testing; teaches industry short courses on aircraft aerodynamic performance and wind energy; has consulted for aircraft, wind energy, and sailing yacht manufacturers; and has served on review committees for various government agencies and research organizations. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and M.S. and Doctor of Engineering degrees from the University of Kansas, all in aerospace engineering.

2022 Aerospace Short Course: Aerodynamic Design Improvements: High-Lift and Cruise

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